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Word inserted PNG image marked as decorative in Edit Alt Text Screen reader compatibility

Last updated: April 7, 2019

Expected Result: works in a screen reader

Actual Result: causes problems in 2 screen reader / browser combinations

Office 365 / Word 2019 have the 'Mark as decorative' option, but Word 2016 and earlier don't have this option.

Code used for this test:

        <a href='Office/word-365.docx'>word-365.docx</a>

Change History

Last updated: April 7, 2019

Screen readerBrowserModeNotesWhat the user hears
Fail NarratorOffice 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingVoiced identically to an image with no Alt Text Image, inline with text. Inline with text, non-selected.
Fail NVDA 2017.3Office 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingNo indication of image content Graphic
OK JAWS 17.0.2619Office 365 - Word 16.18 ReadingNo indication image is present, but this is what should happen for decorative images. Space
OK VoiceOver macOS 10.13Word 2016 Reading Decorative, inline with text, image

Test notes

All tests were carried out with screen reader factory settings. JAWS in particular has a wide variety of settings controlling exactly what gets spoken.

Screen readers allow users to interact in different modes, and can produce very different results in each mode. The modes used in these tests are:

In the «What the user hears» column: